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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
The Ruin

From the Chinese
 
THESE 1 grey stones have rung with mirth and lordly carousel:
  Here proud kings mingled Poetry and ruddy wine.
All hath pass’d long ago; nought but this ruin abideth,
  Sadly in eyeless trance gazing upon the river.
Wou’dst thou know who here visiteth, dwelleth and singeth also,        5
  Ask the swallows flying from sunny-wall’d Italy.
 
Note 1. From the Chinese. The Ruin. Greek elegiac metre in ‘Stone’s Prosody’. R. Bridges. Poems, p. 446. [back]
 
 
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